For prospective entrepreneurs who want to reside permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador:

The International Entrepreneur category is intended for experienced business owners or senior business managers who wish to permanently reside in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They must start a new business or buy an existing business and must actively participate in the day-to-day management of the business.  After operating the business for at least one continuous year, the international entrepreneur may be nominated for permanent resident status, subject to fulfillment of certain criteria outlined by the Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism.

To determine if you are eligible, we encourage you to carefully read the following guide. Application-related forms are also available online.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to begin an Expression of Interest by clicking the button below. Successful expressions of interest will be followed with invitations to complete a formal application to the International Entrepreneur category.

The Expression of Interest system will be open on April 24, 2019, and will remain open until 9:00 a.m. NDT on April 25, 2019.

Begin an Expression of Interest

After submitting your EOI, if you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), complete the application form and include all supporting documents.

There is a provincial application fee of $1,000 for the International Entrepreneur category (for the principal applicant and each associated partner). The provincial application fee is subject to change without notice. There may be fees associated with obtaining and preparing the required documents for this category (e.g., education credentials, language testing, translations, audited services, etc.).

You are responsible for any and all costs associated with travel to Newfoundland and Labrador for the exploratory visit and in-person interview. In addition, you (and associated partners, if applicable) must pay all required Government of
Canada immigration fees when you submit your application to IRCC for the work permit as well as for permanent residence.

Please address your $1,000 bank draft, money order or certified cheque to: NL Exchequer (please note this application fee is non-refundable)

Application Guide and Forms
Application Guide
Application Form (fillable form)
Use of Representative Form
Net Worth Verifier Checklist  (fillable form)
Sample Business Performance Agreement


Audit Service Verifiers
As part of your application, you must provide an Audit Opinion and a Special Purpose Report.

OIM will require that the applicant’s business financial statements be audited by an individual or firm that is licensed to provide an audit opinion under the Chartered Professional Accountants and Public Accountants Act of Newfoundland and Labrador. The proponent must hold a public accountant’s license allowing one to issue an auditor‘s report in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact Information
Postal Box Address

Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
Government of Newfoundland & Labrador
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6 CANADA

Tel: (709) 729-6607
Fax: (709) 729-7381